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Bucksnort Spring - Los Padres National Forest

34.55306, -118.89333


  • TopoMap: Devils Heart Peak
  • Elevation: 3,657 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -118.89333
  • Latitude: 34.55306
  • Recent Water Reports:

    Date Surveyor Water Report
    02-25-2016M SubbotinFlowing
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Bucksnort Spring is located just east of the Bucksnort Trail on the edge of the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.  It has water year round during wet years but will dry up during the dry seasons or drought periods.  The spring is along the Condor Trail.

Survey Photos:

  • M Subbotin - 02-25-2016
    Italian cypress from a distance

  • M Subbotin - 02-25-2016
    concrete cistern

  • M Subbotin - 02-25-2016
    flowing water

  • Geoff - 10-02-2015
    Looking south at the water trickle in the drainage.

  • Geoff - 10-02-2015
    Water in the drainage downstream from the water trickle.

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Submitted Reports

Bucksnort Spring Survey - 02-25-2016 - by M Subbotin
Link: Bucksnort Spring
Date: 02-25-2016
Surveyor Name:M Subbotin
Camp Description:Spring is located at confluence of two small drainages and is identifiable from a distance by the lone, vertical Italian Cypress tree.  There is a concrete cistern as well that contains stagnant water.  Water quality from the spring is unknown
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:shallow pools; pump or dig deeper in soft sand
Weather Conditions:70 & clear

Italian cypress from a distance

concrete cistern

flowing water
Bucksnort Spring Survey - 10-02-2015 - by Geoff
Link: Bucksnort Spring
Date: 10-02-2015
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:

Access to the Bucksnort Spring will require you to trespass approximately 810 ft into the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. A much better water source is the Aqua Blanca Creek, if you can safely continue to hike the Bucksnort Trail without having to fill your water bottle.

The location of the spring varies on different reference maps. This Internet site suggests the spring is located on a south facing slope on the north side of Stone Corral Creek, about 1,285 ft east of the Bucksnort Trail. I have not been to that location and therefore do not know if you will find water there. The location on the USGS topographic map suggests the spring is about 150 ft further downstream, near the intersection of the creek and a northeast-southwest trending drainage. I looked near this location but could not find any water.

I found water in a south-north trending drainage about 970 ft east of the Bucksnort Trail. There is a well-used trail that parallels the creek on its south side, which leads to the drainage. It is basically at the first big trees that the trail leads to, and is about 200 ft west-southwest of the spring location shown on the USGS topographic map. The spring was a clear water trickle within the drainage. Would-be water pools were filled with leaf litter and decaying vegetation. The vegetation was easily pushed aside / removed to allow for collecting water.

Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clear water trickle, pools filled with leaf litter and decaying vegetation.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, warm.

Looking south at the water trickle in the drainage.

Water in the drainage downstream from the water trickle.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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